Archive for August, 2011

Join The Ruffle Revolution

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Almost a year later, and we are still genuinely enthused and captivated by ruffle yarns as they continue to top the charts as one of the hottest novelty yarns on the market.  Flouncy scarves may dominate as the cooler weather approaches, but a great innovation has to build on its original concept, constantly evolving to gain momentum.  Katia has all the bases covered with the utmost in versatility for the Autumn/Winter Collection

Join The Ruffle Revolution and take a look at what creative minds and modern technology can come up with, casting a new light on an increasingly popular trend-

Ondas Collar in Katia Book no. 68

From scarves to cowls, and collars, Ondas by Katia started it all, pioneering the way in The Ruffle Revolution.  Have a peek at ten new colours added to the range, including this divine Autumn-inspired pick.  Pattern available in Katia Book #68.

Rizos in Katia Book no. 67

Rizos by Katia, presents adaptability in design options with this mossy green scarf contrasted against the touchy-feely texture in this huggable patchwork pillow.  Searching for a fun way to decorate a dorm room?  Patterns are available in Katia Book #67

Ronda by Katia

Keep your eyes out for Ronda by Katia, appearing in stores very soon, and the odds-on favorite to carry on as the new leader in The Ruffle Revolution.  Look  for eight smoky hues, each one delicately laced with a scalloped edging.  Choose from one of four free accessory patterns including this cosy collar in deep plum

Hechizo and Rizos in Katia Elegance

Hechizo and Rizos are a daring duo in a chic evening combo, highlighting a glittery shell with feathery cap sleeves and a crocheted handbag to match.  Patterns are available in Katia Book #68.  

Ondas Cape in Katia Book no. 68

This majestic capelet cascades over the shoulders in layers of Ondas, a regal beauty in one of the nouveau shades presented this season.  If your next occasion calls for a touch of glamour, then this one is a must-have.  Pattern available in Katia Book #68.

Illusion, Pallettes, and Ondas from Katia

K-wow!  A trio of fabulous yarns from KatiaIllusion, Paillettes, and Ondas collaborate splendidly together in an elegant one-sleeve design available in the all-new Katia Book #68.

Souffle and Ondas from Katia

Clever artistry in a stunning crimson scarf, Souffle takes a backseat to the fascinating allure of Ondas with strategically placed rosettes and ruffled edges.  Pattern available in Katia Book #68.

Triana from Katia

For little fashionistas, Triana holds just as much appeal.  One ball will knit up a scarf the traditional way, using the yarn as a full strand.  Edges are dainty and flounced by knitting along the edge of the yarn.  Design available in Katia Book #59.  Look for three new snazzy colourways in stores very shortly.

Follow Us On Facebook

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Diamond Yarn is now on Facebook with all the latest updates in yarn arrivals, pattern postings, and hot knit picks!  Join our tightly-knit community and let us know what projects you are currently working on from our extensive range of designs.  Share your inspiration, comment on your favorite yarns, upload a photo and show off your FO’s.  This is the place to pick up some helpful knitting tips, free patterns, and technical support for any of your Diamond patterns.  Two of our in-house designers are right at your fingertips, ready to answer your questions 24-7. 

With more than forty exclusive brands all under one roof, Diamond Yarn remains Canada’s leading importer of premium knitting yarns for almost half a century.  

Take part in our first Facebook contest!  Simply ‘LIKE’ our page, leave us a comment about why you love to knit with Diamond yarns, and we will pick three winners at random who will each win a surprise gift pack with five of the newest Diamond Luxury Collection pattern leaflets just released for the Fall/Winter season. 

(Contest closes Friday August 26th at midnight).

Here is a sampling of some of the gorgeous new designs from Diamond Luxury Collection-

Diamond Luxury Collection #1460

The true definition of a classic is in the simplicity of the details.  This form-fitting design is enhanced with a lace panel yoke that stretches across the sleeves.  Fine Merino Superwash DK steps out of the shadows with every shade under the sun, including eight new additions- lagoon, light rose, light lime, spearmint, corn, loden, dark rose, and mallard (shown above). 

Diamond Luxury Collection #1463

Our favorite tweed chunky, Llama Silk revamps itself in time for frosty days, with another six hues included in the collection.  This ultramodern tunic looks stunning in purple.

Diamond Luxury Collection #1469

A sampler of sensational stitches is ready to delight knitters in this polo neck tunic knit in Inca Touch.  Veridian (shown above).   

Diamond Luxury Collection #1473

From a wrap to a vest, and its knit all in one piece, this design will keep you toasty warm in Lima, a chunky weight yarn in Peruvian highland wool.  Take a gander at the updated shade card, and see which one catches your eye.  Cranberry flare (shown above).

Diamond Luxury Collection #1467

Get ready for the trendy ombre shades coming our way this Fall.  Knit up an openwork shawl with a touch of glimmer for day or evening.  Knit in the all-new Stellabella, an incredible soft and lightweight baby alpaca sprinkled with stellina, a worsted weight quality out now in ten fashionable shades.

Diamond Luxury Collection #1474

Cosy up to Baby Alpaca Glimmer in this simple to knit shoulder wrap, shown above in forest.  Six more wintry shades are ready for knitting.

Diamond Luxury Collection #1458

If you feel like splurging on a delicious treat for yourself, Baby Alpaca Sport doesn’t melt in your hands.  Its the ultimate in silky soft fibre.  Ten new shades are out in stores now, a jamboree of brights and heathers, including rosemary heather (shown above).  Stay snug and warm all winter in this split cowl neck design with bell sleeves.   

Diamond Luxury Collection #1466

Luxury at its best in a fabulous new ruffle yarn, Starry Nights, available in a dozen opulent colours.  Mesmerize your friends with a scarf or a shawl, and ssshh! only you will know the stitches are built into the yarn!  Golden cream (shown above).   

Knitting On The Hood

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Sometimes an afterthought, or part of the original design, a hood is the finishing touch to a knitted sweater, jacket, poncho, or with precisely the right bit of maneuvering, to scarves and accessories.  Easily identified as a type of multi-purpose headgear, hoods have been around since medieval times, evolving from what the French termed; ‘chaperon’, a short cape combined with a hood.

Just look at some of the innovative ways in which hoods are currently being applied in these fabulous knitted designs-

Viking Design Accessory Book

Transform a cowl into a hood with one quick seam.  These cosy knitted loops remain at the top spot on the trendy list for Fall.  Viking Garn has included this design with plenty of other great accessory ideas in Book 1109 featuring Eco Alpaca, available now in seven natural undyed shades.  

Sirdar #9356

Skip the big bulky overcoat and slip into a hoodie for casual outings.  If this is your first time knitting a hood, Sirdar leaflet #9356 leads you through step-by step.  Opt for long sleeves or three-quarter sleeves in Big Softie, with twenty-six playful colours including- wink pink (shown above).   

Noro City Girl Hooded Cape

Jenny Watson has come out with yet another exciting showcase collection for Noro, exploring unusual directional slants, and bringing forth original and stylish elements to her designs.  This hooded capelet is knit in Kureyon, the gold standard of the Noro line with a further eight dark and delicious colourways.    

Sirdar #9351

Sirdar’s slipover hoodie promises to knit up before the leaves start to fall!  Marled shading, and an easy care blend of acrylic, cotton, and wool make Denim Ultra especially appealing to first-time knitters.   

Noro City Girl by Jenny Watson

From a snazzy cabled scarf to a head-hugging hood with turnback pockets, Jenny Watson has all the angles covered in Noro’s Kochoran, a seasonal favorite combining the best in natural fibres- wool, angora and silk.  Have a peek at six luscious new colourways ready to inspire.

Viking Garn #1103

Classic and contemporary design merge together in this arresting pullover from Viking Garn.  The great outdoors are calling!  

Noro Volume 30

A button front hooded capelet from Noro Volume 30, will be out before the temperature slides down into the single digits.  Knit in Kogarashi, a speckled blend of silk and wool in earthy muted tones.  Check out the six new colourways on board for the coming season.   

Sirdar #1993

Irresistibly cute and cosy too!  A one-piece hoodie for babies and toddlers.  If you haven’t tried knitting with Snuggly Snowdrops from Sirdar yet, you are in for a treat.  Bubbles and choccy drops (shown above).   

Sirdar Book #381

Sweet and sophisticated in pinkie, one of the sixteen candy-coloured hues in Sirdar’s Snuggly Baby Crofter DK.  Pattern available in Book #381

Sirdar #1247

A favorite fairytale springs to life with this soft and fleecy hooded coat knit in Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky.   Picture your little tyke in rosy red (shown above), or one of the other two dozen charming shades.

A Quick Glimpse Inside

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Its that time of year again, the gathering of little bits and pieces of warm and fuzzy inspiration for Autumn knitting, and what better way to start the creative ball rolling than with a quick glimpse inside the Fall/Winter 2011 Debbie Bliss knitting magazine.  Just take a look at the cover and you will know this issue will be grabbed off the shelves faster than you can say, “Hottest, Newest, Latest!!”

The magazine arrives in just a few weeks, so be sure to make a call to your LYS today and be the first on the list to reserve your copy. 

Cover Shot in Riva

Irresistible colour jumps right off the cover in Riva, Debbie’s latest offering in her quality line-up.  A merino mix chunky creating plenty of buzz amongst knitters will be available this month in a mouth-watering spectrum of self-striping options.  Oh, by the way, the answer to the most asked question- that is shade no. 2 (heather) on the cover.

Wrap Style Cardi

Please your palette with a vintage Bordeaux in the all new Paloma, a blend of baby alpaca with a swish of merino.  This is an incredibly light yarn, one of the ingenious cork-like yarns gaining momentum for the coming season.  Did you notice this wrap plays double duty as a cardigan? 

Little Tunic in Angel

Now that Angel has been making a splash here and across the ocean, Debbie sets her sights on designing for little darlings.  Six vibrant new shades have just floated down into the collection.    

Party Wrap in Angel

Its dress up time!  Why not treat a favorite niece or granddaughter to a sugary sweet shoulder wrap knit in Angel, and let her pick a special shade- blush, purple, soft lilac, or lime (shown above).   

Riva Shawl

A mosaic of rich reds sets the tone for Autumn in an entrelac shawl design, knit in Riva.  Gorgeous in cherry, or any one of the other eleven intriguing colourways.  

Wild n Woolly Pillows

The call of the wild is answered in a trio of plush and fanciful pillows.  Take your pick from leopard spots or tiger stripes, and try your hand at intarsia knitting.  A fun project to knit in Cashmerino Aran, presenting eight brand new shades for Fall. 

Fairisle Cardigan

Never one to stray too far from the classics, Debbie tempts us into the mood for fairisle once again with this head-turning cardigan knit in Rialto 4 ply, extrafine merino wool that feels like the ultimate indulgence in luxury knitting.